Annotated Bibliographies by Topic (ML 120-128 and VARIOUS)
Brook, Barry S. and Barbara B. Heyman, eds. The Symphony 1720-1840: Reference Volume. In The Symphony 1720-1840 Series. Ed. by Barry S. Brook and Barbara B. Heyman. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1986. Mus Ref ML 128 .O5 S95 1986
Use: An index volume to the complete set of scores included in The Symphony 1720-1840. The complete symphonic output of lesser-known composers of the symphony from pre-Classical to early Romantic periods is included. Serves as the reference volume to all thematic indexes of the series, including additions not put in former volumes.
Coverage: Reference volume to the complete thematic indexes of the symphonic works of composers from 1720-1840. Includes lesser-known composers of historical significance.
Organization: Organized alphabetically by composer’s name. Each entry contains prefatory notes about authentic, questionable, and doubtful symphonies for the composer. Notes about each work also include: numbering, instrumentation, date of completion, modern scores, and available recordings. This section is followed by musical incipits from each symphony, which are organized either chronologically, by key, or based on a format defined in a thematic catalogue. Related bibliographical information is included with each incipit. At the end of the book, there are three sections: Abbreviations for Musical Instruments, Catalogue References, and Library Sigla.
Pros: Musical incipits provide helpful insights into the thematic basis for each symphony.
Cons: Works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven not included.
Use: Gives an overview of major and regional orchestras in the United States, and information on how to contact these organizations. Useful for finding significant recordings by an orchestra.
Coverage: Orchestras profiled were major and regional members of the American Symphony Orchestra League during the 1981- 1982 season, or one of the 55 highest- budget Metropolitan orchestras, or a prominent orchestra from each state not thereby included. Other orchestras known for their unusual programming or activities are also included.
Organization: Orchestras listed alphabetically by state. Included in each entry is a brief history, chronology of music directors, a recording history including a brief discography, current budget size, a bibliography, access information such as the orchestras address and the phone number of the general manager. A Chronological listing of the founding dates for the orchestras profiled, selected bibliography, and index is included at the back of the publication.
Pros: Information current as of 1984.
Cons: Each entry compiled by a different author and may reflect his personal bias.
Use: Gives basic information about major orchestras of the world that could be used to contact the orchestra or find significant recordings produced by the orchestra.
Coverage: Includes 122 of the leading orchestras of the world excluding those in the United States. Orchestras included were chosen by the editor.
Organization: Orchestras listed alphabetically by country. Included in each entry is a brief history, chronology of music directors, a recording history including a brief discography, current budget size, a bibliography, and access information such as the orchestras address and phone number of the general manager. A chronology by founding dates for the orchestras profiled, selected bibliography, and index is included at the back of the publication.
Cons: Many orchestras not included. Each entry compiled by a different author and may reflect his personal bias.
Hill, George R. A Preliminary Checklist of Research on the Classical Symphony and Concerto to the Time of Beethoven. Music Indexes and Bibliographies, No. 2. Hackensack, New Jersey: Joseph Boonin, Inc, 1970. Mus Ref ML 113 .M875x no. 2
Use: A list of research on orchestral music up to the time of Beethoven. It is an edited revision, with additions of the card files compiled at New York University by Professor Jan LaRue and his graduate students.
Coverage: Chapters divided by nationality, with the exception of a beginning chapter on general books. Each chapter is headed with a compilation of lists of composers by Barry Brook, Adam Carse, and Charles Cudworth. Voluminous literature of major composers (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven) is excluded. Does not include as many biographies as it does specific research, and excludes thematic indexes and dictionary articles. Covers composers from England, France, Italy, Mannheim, Germany, North Germany, and Vienna in the classical period, with titles in original languages.
Organization: Begins with a section on general research. Main body organized by geographical area, with a compiled list of composers at the beginning of each chapter. Items in the bibliography covering more than one geographical area appear in the Symphony-General and Concerto-General chapters. An Index of Composers at the end states nationality and years of life.
Pros: clearly organized, easy to follow.
Cons: typewritten and not so easy to read.
Use: Descriptive catalog of historical and modern research of eighteenth century composers of the symphony. Serves as extensive guide to bibliographies that focus on research of the history of the symphony and composers of the symphony.
Coverage: Covers historical research of composers of the symphony and history of the symphony from eighteenth century to present. Focuses on the eighteenth century Classical symphony. International in coverage.
Organization: Organized into four general sections of research: 1) General Resources which focus on a) general bibliographies, b) histories of the symphony, and c) orchestral history and orchestration. 2) Studies Focusing on the Symphony in the Eighteenth Century, which include a) form studies, b) historical studies, and c) thematic catalogues. 3) International Activities which focus on “national activities” in Europe and Russia related to symphonic research. 4) Indexes: a) author, b) title, c) composer, and d) subject.
Pros: Extensive coverage of research done in countries worldwide.
Cons: Confusing organization with extremely brief introduction and little explanation of contents or organization of book.